Drag­ons tame Bob­cats at home, Tau­pert be­comes fran­chise scor­ing leader

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Kyle Smylie

The Drag­ons split their week­end games, los­ing to Fort Mac on Fri­day on the road be­fore re­turn­ing for a back and forth bat­tle with Lloy­d­min­is­ter at home Satur­day.

Drumheller had a de­fen­sive bat­tle on their hands in Fort McMur­ray Novem­ber 2, com­ing out with the loss 2-1 against the Oil Barons, a mid­dle of the pack north­ern di­vi­sion team with a 8-6-4 record this sea­son. Daw­son Bruneski opened the scor­ing for Drumheller early in the sec­ond pe­riod but Fort Mac re­sponded with a pow­er­play goal and an­other one be­fore the end of the sec­ond and that would be it for the Drag­ons.

But the Drag­ons re­bounded for their Satur­day game against the Lloy­d­min­is­ter Bob­cats and turned it into an of­fen­sive dis­play for the home crowd which saw Jor­dan Tau­pert be­come the fran­chise’s all-time lead­ing scorer. Tau­pert notched two goals and two as­sists in what ended be­ing a 7-4 rout of the Bob­cats.

The Bob­cats started strong with two quick goals in the first half of the first but the Drag­ons re­sponded quickly with three goals be­fore the siren went to end the pe­riod. Drumheller didnt let up, tal­ly­ing two more goals in the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore run­ning away with it in the third with back-to-back goals by Tau­pert within other.

Tau­pert two min­utes has of each con­sis­tently been an of­fen­sive pow­er­house for the Drag­ons over the last three sea­sons, tal­ly­ing 149 points in 136 games played for Drumheller. His quick goals on Satur­day de­throned pre­vi­ous record holder Kevin Bui who had 147 points with the team in his time in the den. The 20-year-old Tau­pert is in his last sea­son of AJHL el­i­gi­bil­ity.

The Drag­ons are sit­ting sec­ond in their di­vi­sion with a 14-6 record, be­hind the red hot Brooks Ban­dits who are 17-2 on the sea­son.

The club is on the road this week in Cal­gary, play­ing against the Mus­tangs on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 8 and the Canucks on Satur­day. The team won’t be home un­til Fri­day, Novem­ber 16, when they take on the Sher­wood Park Cru­saders at 7:30 p.m.

Drumheller beat Lloy­d­min­is­ter 7-4 at home on Satur­day.

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